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Period. It's About Bloody Time

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,100 ratings  ·  143 reviews
At a time when women around the world are raising their voices in the fight for equality, there is still one taboo where there remains a deafening silence: periods. Period. is an agenda-setting manifesto to remove the stigma and myths continuing to surround the female body. Bold and unapologetic, Emma Barnett is on a crusade to ignite conversation among women--and men--eve ...more
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published September 5th 2019 by HQ
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Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The moment I saw that this book existed, I knew I just had to have it. I'm pretty passionate on anything "Period" related, and it may become tiring to some of you, or even grating in some cases, but while I still have breath in me, I'll carry on my passion and the ranting, hopefully, until this bullshit changes.

Although the majority of the content within these pages is good, the writing style, however, is not. It is rather irritating when a person is trying to be funny, but really isn't, and, I
Richard Howard
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I shall start with an anecdote...
Once upon a time, when I was still teaching, I was overheard saying 'I am tired of coaching rugby.' My reward was to be put in charge of Netball (the implication being I was no longer 'a man'.) Thus I found myself with a squad of 40 teenage girls. Just before the second or so practice a girl approached me shyly and said 'I can't come to practice today, sir.' 'Why not Emma?' 'Er, I'm not feeling well.' 'Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. What's wrong?'
Embarrassed silenc
Stacey (prettybooks)
How much do you know about periods? Emma Barnett's books explores the facts about periods, the cultural and political attitude towards menstruation and women's health in general, and what needs to be done to make it better for women.

Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books.

#gifted: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book for free in exchange for an honest review!
Feb 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: do-not-read
Another period book that equates periods entirely to womanhood. Also, another white cis “feminist” book.
I recommend avoiding it.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
A detailed and important social commentary on all things period related. The author eloquently describes a wide range of topics such as education, workplace initiatives, period poverty and periods in transgender men.

So many of the issues described in this book are to be noted and explored further. The author is a big advocate for education in young people of all genders in order to learn how periods work and why they are so important. She also dedicates part of her book into understanding how an
Emma (escapetothebookshelf)
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such an incredible book that I believe everybody should be reading. It champions not being embarrassed about periods and encourages people to talk about them much more openly without fearing people's reactions. It shocked me to realise that I myself am guilty of hiding my period away to a certain extent; I sometimes use the term 'that time of the month' or speak about 'coming on' to avoid calling it a period... but why on earth do I do this? If someone is to take offence to the word peri ...more
Periods run deep, and they can be powerful signifiers of health, fertility and identity. But we have been so busy making sure no one talks about them at all, we have failed to see the other types of pain, beyond the physical, they can cause on a daily basis.
Chatty and informal, this book is all about starting a conversation, and ridding society of the shame and silence around something that should feel so mundane and normal. I really enjoyed Barnett's why of presenting the various stories an
Cora Tea Party Princess
Review to come.

I learnt something reading this, it was pretty interesting.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This book is a fantastic social commentary on periods by british broadcaster and journalist Emma Barnett.
It covers everything from period shame, education, politics to sex, stories from around the world, transgender periods and the menopause.
This isn't a scientific book, it is a book to break down barriers and start a conversation. It is incredibly informative whilst being funny and feminist. Emma is a fantastic writer and cleverly links in facts with personal anecdotes and historical fa
Kirsty Clarke
This was a really fun book, that was easy to read and had a nice friendly tone throughout, I think for me personally I would have liked an it to have a chapter to do with biological and psychological parts of periods because I feel you can't write a whole book about the topic and not visit those areas. But overall a charming, funny book which I think anyone could learn something from. ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
TLDR: The book contains some interesting content, but I think it would have been more interesting/groundbreaking 5 years ago. The mix of memoir and science/history/sociology didn't really work for me even though I am a big fan of those genres separately. For most of the book the language/framing is NOT LGBT+ inclusive which almost made me stop reading.

This book was quite memoir-based, which I wasn't expecting (and didn't really like). My favourite chapters were more the fact based ones (e.g. the
Jennifer Langlois
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Having heard some amazing reviews of this book I was looking forward to something funny any informative. Well I'll accept that it was informative and I did learn some things. The style of writing grated with me though and I also found that the author tended to lay it on rather thick (why say it once if you can say it three times or more). As for the laughter the book promised, I felt like the author was trying rather too hard to be funny and as such wasn't really succeeding and that's before men ...more
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
I was looking forward t this book for so long and so happy when I was approved for an ARC, this book is everything I hoped it would be. Aiming to pull down the walls and break the taboo around periods, menstruation or whatever you want to call it we should be discussing this openly and without shame or fear. This is so interesting, educational, funny and should be mandatory reading in schools, available in libraries and I mean for all ages and genders. It’s about bloody time.

Thanks to netgalley
Katie Fellows
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read! Equally fascinating, amusing and horrifying at the same time!
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Made me think about issues I’ve never considered like period poverty. Some thought provoking issues
Julie Morris
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this book to come out since I heard the editor, Charlotte Mursell of HQ Stories, raving about it back in March. Once I finally got hold of my copy, I was eager to start, and I raced through it. Odd, you might think, to be so keen to read a book about periods but, as the tag line says, this is the book we have all been waiting for and it’s about bloody time it was written.

Those of a squeamish disposition may want to look away from this post, because it is going to be blunt
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Well, goodness me. I don’t think I’ve ever read quite so much about menstruation in one sitting.

Honestly, barring a few stats and anecdotes, it didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. Period poverty is at shocking levels, even in wealthy countries like the UK. Endometriosis would have a bunch more research cash chucked at it if men suffered from it. If you’re one of the many women who suffer from agonising period pain, you’re more likely to be believed if you visit a female GP. Periods c
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
It is the Woman's Hour, my favourite personal well-being and educational discovery in 2020 and my daily inspiration, which has led me to explore the work of Emma Barnett.
I have enjoyed the book as much as I love the radio show/podcast. Or perhaps as much as I have savoured her interviews like the one with Theresa May from 2017. The sentences I read had the tone of Emma's voice and I could clearly see and hear her talking passionately to different people who found the place in this book.
Very ti
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: equality, non-fiction
PERIOD is part-memoir, part-social commentary on smashing the taboos around discussing our monthly menses. It's a little fluffy and overwritten in places, but the stories she shares are relatable - and an important contribution to the growing number of books focusing on female bodies.
But what I found most thought-provoking in this book was when Barnett touches on those who can't menstruate, and how this leaves some feeling left out of the club. I'd never thought of periods as something
Bryony Indecisive Reader
“We can’t continue as a human race without periods - and yet we still can’t acknowledge their existence.”

I was so excited to learn there was a book being published about periods and even more excited that my (male) partner brought it to my attention. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read the book.

I did enjoy this book. It was well researched, covering a wide range of topics related to periods and menstruation. It didn’t entirely focus on white feminism, although most of
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is informative and clearly well-researched. I learned a lot and was guided to see aspects of having a period in ways I had never before considered. The chapter on period poverty is a good example of that. I particularly liked the last couple of chapters, about trans experiences, people who wanted periods but couldn’t have them and vice versa, and the menopause.

However, I hated the writing style. The endless quipping and jokey asides wore thin very quickly and left me at times positive
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let's face it, it is about bloody time people started writing on the subject of periods so I have to commend Emma Barnett for putting it all out there. As something that affects a significant proportion of the population it's absolutely ridiculous that no one ever talks about it or if they do it's in whispers or on TV commercials with perfect women having the time of their life.

This book takes an in depth look at why periods are still considered to be something of a taboo and the impact that thi
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Pamela Usai
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Have you ever heard of the euphemism "riding the cotton unicorn"?

I hadn't - and it just one of the myriad of phrases used to describe what is essentially a very normal biological phenomenon: a period. In "It's About Bloody Time, Period.", journalist Emma Barnett sets out to smash the stigma surrounding menstruation. With each chapter labelled after a different menstrual aspect - "first" blood, to "holy" blood, to "no" blood - Barnett addresses the socio-cultural constraints and eventual devastat
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star
This book is revolutionary!!

I’ve always been one of those people who has never felt embarrassed when it comes to talking all things period, so I thought I wouldn’t be very surprised when reading this book. How wrong I was.

So many facts and myths were explored in this book, and so many important topics such as period poverty; people who want a period (eg: hearing about a woman born with no womb) and someone who desperately wants theirs to disappear (eg: a non binary transgender person who still
Angela Booth
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bloody good! This book should be read by everyone - admittedly maybe parts aren’t so suitable for children but definitely men as well as women need to read this book and learn a few home truths. Even as a WMA (woman of menstruating age) I learnt a few things I wasn’t aware of (who knew when on the Pill you didn’t have to have that break & there’s no need to actually have that ‘period’?! I am raging I didn’t know this for all those years I was on it) and it’s all told in an easy to read and funny ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 2020, non-fiction
i had a hard time rating this but ultimately i gave it four stars because i enjoyed listening to it! it was insightful and funny at times. i respect emma barnett because she left no stone unturned here and sugar coated nothing. she made me think about a lot of things, but mainly the advertisement of period products. she really calls out how much bullshit they are and how they are actually quite harmful in the way they are done! of course i knew period product ads were always unrealistic but she ...more
Anna Reads ‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾
This is completely brilliant. I normally take ages to get through non-fiction, but I read this in two days and really enjoyed it. Highly recommend for everyone and anyone.
Chelsie Thompson
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Every woman (and man!) should read this book!
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun. Illuminating. Necessary. An important read for women and men alike.
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Emma Barnett is a British broadcaster and journalist. A former Digital Media and Women Editor for The Daily Telegraph, she is a presenter for BBC Radio 5 Live and an occasional presenter of Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4. Since August 2016, Barnett has been a columnist for The Sunday Times and, from June 2017, a co-presenter of BBC One's Sunday Morning Live.

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